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SPORTSBRIEFING

Back-to-back hole-in-ones

YOUNGSTOWN – Tony Serluco of Campbell aced back-to-back holes Monday during a round at Mill Creek Park’s Par 3 course.

Serluco scored his first hole-in-one on the 95-yard 14th hole with a 7 iron. He followed that up with an ace on his next shot, the 70-yard 15th hole with an 8 iron.

It was the first two hole-in-ones of his life.

He finished his nine-hole round with a 19.

Bob Synder was the witness.

East Palestine catfish derby

EAST PALESTINE — The East Palestine Sportsmen’s Club is holding a catfish derby Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Entry fee is $12. For more information, call Joe at (330) 931-5872.

Purple Raiders draw a crowd

ALLIANCE — The University of Mount Union is ranked among the nation’s leaders in NCAA Division III men’s basketball attendance.

The Purple Raiders went 16-0 this past season in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (MAAC), averaging 842 fans a game to rank 11th in the nation.

Hope led the nation averaging 2,214 fans Wittenberg (1,392) was second followed by Wooster (1,260), Marietta (1,250), Calvin (1,246), Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1,097), Randolph-Macon (950), Saint John’s (Minn.) (907), Whitworth (905) and Augustana (Ill.) (897).

The Raiders finished with a school-best 27-3 record and won two tournament games at home to advance to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the past three seasons Mount Union has gone 38-3 at the MAAC.

No fans at Masters

The Masters, known as much for the roars as the raw beauty of Augusta National, will be on mute this year. The club decided Wednesday there will be no spectators.

That means all three majors in this year of COVID-19 will not have fans, and the silence figures to be most deafening at Augusta National when the Masters is played Nov. 12-15.

From the opening holes down to Amen Corner all the way through the back nine, players can often figure out what’s happening with others just by listening. That will be missing this year, along with the azalea and dogwood blooms from having to move it from April.

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